Internet insights;Research Focus;Briefing;News amp; Opinion

12th November 1999 at 00:00
Videoconferencing through the Internet is possible and it is being used for teaching. But don't spread your arms too wide, don't move too quickly and do try to have a real meeting with students before you do it on-line. This advice from Higher Education's Joint Technology Applications Programme (JTAP) is in a set of more than 40 research reports at An adult learner programme reported on the JTAP site used a simple desktop system in community centres in the Rhondda, Cynon and Merthyr areas of South Wales. Its organisers found that teaching through the computer screen is easy and that it can be fun. They stress the value of friendliness and the personal touch. The report by Lynne Gornall, Sarah Pengelly and Diane Shearn is at: The Learning in Virtual Environments (LIVE) research group at De Montfort University has contributed a detailed "how to do it" guide that includes practical ideas such as using a spreadsheet for planning. Their report is at: Readers can email suggestions on future Internet Insights to Sam Saunders at

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